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April 4, 2001

Date Rape Drug Awareness

Trinka Porrata, a retired Los Angeles Police Department detective, will give a lecture "Date Rape Drugs: What You Should Know," at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, April 19, at California State University, Sacramento in the University Union Hinde Auditorium.

Porrata - a nationally recognized consultant on the drugs GHB and Ketamine, and drug-facilitated sexual assaults - appeared on last night's edition of 48 Hours to discuss, what she said, is a lack of knowledge about these drugs in the law enforcement community.

"I consider GHB the most dangerous drug I've encountered in 25 years as an officer," she said. With increasing abuse of date rape drugs throughout the country, Porrata is now on a crusade to educate other law enforcement officers as well as potential victims about the hazards of these drugs.

The most popular date rape drug, GHB, is an odorless liquid classified as a sedative-hypnotic and was originally developed as a sleep-aid. Mixing GHB with alcohol or any other depressant is extremely dangerous and has caused many deaths due to respiratory failure.

Ketamine, a popular rave drug, is primarily used as a veterinary and medical anesthetic. It is also an odorless liquid and it has dissociative and psychedelic effects.

Porrata will discuss the legal and psychological consequences of the use of date rape and rave drugs. Porrata's lecture will highlight the myths surrounding trendy drug use as well as ways to avoid substance addiction.

Now retired, Porrata has spent eight years in the narcotics division of the LAPD and five years in the scientific investigation division. She was also LAPD's first field-certified female training officer.

Porrata is a consultant for such agencies as the California Drug Endangered Children Program and the California Attorney General's Office.

This event is part of the University's Sexual Assault Awareness Month and is free and open to the public.

Another lecture scheduled as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is "Men and Women: What You Can Do About Sexual Assault," by David Berkowitz at 7 p.m., Monday, April 23 in the University Union Ballroom.

Berkowitz is an independent consultant for many colleges, military academies and the Federal government. He designs programs that address health and social justice issues.

For more information about the lectures call the CSUS Women's Resource Center at (916) 278-7388. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.



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